The Eagles reduced the roster to 75 this afternoon by releasing kicker Richmond McGee and placing cornerback Jack Ikegwuonu on the reserve/non-football injury list. Ikegwuonu's designation makes him eligible to return to practice with the team any time between Weeks 6 and 9 of the regular season.
After Week 9, the Eagles must decide if they want to add Ikegwuonu to the 53-man roster or place him on injured reserve. Ikegwuonu, a fourth-round draft pick out of Wisconsin, is rehabilating from surgery after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee while preparing for the NFL scouting combine. It is unlikely that he returns to the active roster this season.
He was the only player on the roster eligible for the reserve/non-football injury designation because he had been placed on the physically unable to perform list before the start of training camp. Rookie defensive end Bryan Smith and rookie defensive tackle Trevor Laws were also on the PUP list, but once they returned to practice they were ineligible.
Receiver Kevin Curtis and defensive end Victor Abiamiri, both of whom are expected to miss at least the first month of the regular season, are not eligible for the same designation as Ikegwuonu because their injuries occurred after the start of training camp.